Major fire at Bellandur lake, toxic fumes engulf vicinity

17 Feb 2017 | By Gogona Saikia
Updates from Bengaluru

A massive fire broke out on the lake bed at Bellandur, engulfing the area with heavy toxic fumes.

The fire, allegedly caused by illegal dumping of debris, was doused after three hours.

Locals alerted the authorities, who blamed dry grass.

Citizens have complained about the dumping of chemicals and other waste in the lake several times.

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Thakur, charged under POCSO, is currently out on bail.

There was backlash after he was transferred instead of being suspended, despite an order from the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

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Cops reportedly didn't even record the victim's statement till her parents went to the KSCPCR with an audio clip of the child naming the accused.

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